First half of an Allen Ginsberg lecture on English and American lyric poetry. Ginsberg reads William Blake's "Let the brothels of paris be opened," "The gray monk," "The Mask of anarchy," "The ballad of Sir Patrick Spense," "The Holy land of walsingham" and "Weep you no more, sad fountains," followed by Thomas Wyatt's "My lute awake," "Forget not yet," "They flee from me," "Gasgoyne's lullaby" and "Tickborn's elegy." (Continues on 96P050)
December 10, 2004 Subject:
The Singing Lecture
Nice calm class with lots of reading out of the Norton Anthology- the old poet spending moments with his oldest friends. I gave it 5 *s for the sung Blake poem, which is inspired. Too bad it doesn't include the Ballad of the Skeletons which would make it complete. Maybe its on another talk...
1:10: Introduces class- influences of Blake, Shelley on Ginsberg's Ballad of the Skeletons.
4:30: Let the Brothels of Paris be opened (Sung with Harmonium)- Amazing bawdy poem sung well.
10:25: The Grey Monk- (Sung with Harmonium. Steven Taylor(?) playing guitar, singing harmony)
19:37-27:41: Shelley's Mask of Anarchy (read not sung)
29:35: Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens Intro: Jump Cuts
31:07: Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens
-Norton Anthology discussion resumed. Discussion of meters
38ish: "When you came from the holy land of Waltzingham..."
-importance of meters, cadences, listening to the old stuff.
45:00: Weep ye no more Sad Fountains
46:45: Wyatt intro
48:00: My Lute Awake!
51:40: Brooklyn college students bored with this old stuff...
52:25: "Forget not yet.." Wyatt
54:14: "They flee from me..."
56:55: Gascoyne's Lullaby
59:45: Tichborne's Elegy
class is cut off.